Pico Laser Treatment

Introduction to Pico Laser Treatment

The Pico laser treatment utilises ultra-short pulse bursts of energy, measured in picoseconds, to target skin issues with minimal thermal damage to surrounding tissues. It can address pigmentary disorders, remove tattoos, and rejuvenate the skin.

What is the StarWalker® MaQX Q-switched Laser?

The StarWalker® MaQX Q-switched Laser is a laser system that integrates Q-switched and Pico laser technologies, delivering high-energy pulses in ultra-short durations. This minimises thermal damage to surrounding tissues while effectively targeting the treatment area.

What is a Pico Laser?

A Pico laser is a type of cosmetic laser that operates at picosecond intervals—a trillionth of a second. This fast pulse duration allows it to deliver energy to the skin more quickly. The rapid energy delivery shatters the target (like pigment or ink) into much smaller particles than what older technologies can achieve, making it easier for the body to clear these particles away.

Indications for Pico Laser Treatment

The Pico laser treatment is utilised for various skin concerns, effectively addressing multiple conditions due to its quick pulse duration. Here are some of the primary indications for this treatment:

  • Unwanted Tattoos: Highly effective in removing unwanted tattoos, especially those with stubborn inks or previously treated tattoos.
  • Pigmentation Disorders: Ideal for treating various types of pigmentation issues, including age spots, sun spots, freckles, and melasma.
  • Acne Scars: Reduces the appearance of acne scars by promoting collagen production and skin rejuvenation.
  • Skin Rejuvenation: Enhances overall skin texture and tone, reducing signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Dull Skin & Dark Patches: Improves overall skin brightness and reduces the visibility of dark patches.

Areas Eligible for Pico Laser Treatment

Pico laser treatment is highly effective for a variety of skin concerns. Suitable areas include:

The Procedure of Pico Laser Treatment

The Pico laser treatment procedure is characterised by its use of ultra-short laser pulse durations. Here is a typical process for undergoing this treatment:


Initially, a consultation is conducted to assess the skin concern and determine if Pico laser treatment is suitable for the patient.


The treatment area is cleaned, and a topical numbing cream may be applied to minimise discomfort during the procedure.

Laser Application

The Pico laser device is adjusted to the appropriate settings based on the specific skin issue and type. The laser is directed at the targeted area, where rapid, picosecond-duration pulses are emitted.

Multiple Passes

Depending on the severity of the skin condition, multiple passes over the treatment area may be necessary. Each pass allows the laser to break down pigment or ink particles or stimulate the skin’s natural healing processes.


After the laser application, a cooling gel or device may be used, soothing the skin and reducing any immediate swelling or redness.


A session may last between a few minutes and an hour, depending on the size and number of areas treated.

Benefits of Pico Laser Treatment

Pico laser treatment offers a range of advantages for those seeking aesthetic improvements or solutions to skin issues. Here are some of the benefits:

Improved Skin Texture and Tone

It helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, promoting a youthful look.

Reduced Pigmentation

It clears various types of skin pigmentation, such as age spots, sun spots, and melasma, often with less risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

Minimise Pore Size

It helps to reduce the size of enlarged pores, leading to a more refined skin appearance.

Suitable for Various Skin Types and Conditions

It is safe for all skin tones, offering precise targeting with minimal tissue damage.

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Downtime Expectations for Pico Laser Treatment

Patients should expect some short-term effects and must follow specific care instructions for optimal healing.

  • Redness and Swelling: Patients may experience mild redness and swelling at the treatment site immediately after the procedure. This generally subsides within a few hours to a day.
  • Skin Sensitivity: The treated area may feel sensitive or warm.
  • Mild Flaking or Peeling: A slight peeling effect may occur as the skin regenerates, typically lasting a few days.

Aftercare and Maintenance

Proper aftercare following Pico laser treatment ensures the best possible results and minimises potential side effects. Here are key aftercare guidelines and maintenance tips:

  • Sun Protection
    Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and wear protective clothing to shield the skin from UV rays.
  • Gentle Skin Care
    For the first few days after treatment, use gentle, non-abrasive skin care products. Avoid any products that contain irritating substances like alcohol or fragrance.
  • Avoid Harsh Activities
    Refrain from engaging in activities that can cause excessive sweating, such as heavy exercise, for at least 24-48 hours after the procedure.
  • Hydration
    Keeping the skin hydrated is important. Apply a hydrating serum or moisturiser to help soothe and repair the skin.
  • Avoid Makeup
    It is advisable to avoid applying makeup for at least 24 hours post-treatment to prevent clogging pores and allow the skin to heal.
  • Follow-Up Treatments
    Adhere to any follow-up appointments and treatment plans recommended. Multiple sessions might be necessary to achieve optimal results, depending on the initial condition being treated.

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    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    How long should I wait between Pico laser sessions?

    The interval between sessions typically ranges from 4 to 6 weeks, allowing the skin ample time to heal and respond to the treatment.

    Can Pico laser treatment cause permanent skin damage?

    Pico Laser is designed to minimise the risk of permanent skin damage. The technology targets specific skin concerns, reducing the impact on surrounding tissues.

    Who is not a good candidate for Pico laser treatment?

    People with active skin infections and pregnant women are typically advised to postpone treatment until after delivery.

    Can Pico laser be used on all skin types?

    Yes, Pico laser is suitable for a wide range of skin types, including darker skin tones. However, individual assessments are important as skin response can vary based on colour and condition.

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